Local woman continues her recovery after Chesterfield plane crash

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A small plane crashed into a home on Woodsong Drive off of Hull Street Road last April. The two people onboard the aircraft died, but Melissa Bowen, the young woman inside the home survived. Bowen was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Melissa Bowen was inside staying with her sister helping care for a litter of new puppies

"It sounded like a rrrrrrrr and next thing I know there was an explosion," Melissa Bowen. "I was laying in bed, and it just came from the center of the house, a heat wave flew over my head and I screamed at the top of my lungs. I thought I was going to die, that instant, I thought I was."

The home blown to pieces, Melissa stood up and ran for her life. Fortunately, Melissa's sister Chrissy wasn't home. Thankful her sister was okay, Melissa realized the extent of her own injuries. She had life-threatening burns on her arms, legs, and face.

She spent six weeks in the hospital, and had five surgeries.

"It's beyond amazement. Everytime I replay what happened that day, I know I was given a miracle, I know it was not my time," said Melissa.

The spot where the house used to stand in Chesterfield county on Woodsong Drive now sits empty. Melissa says her sister does plan to rebuild. She also says that every time she looks at the new home she will remember all the thank yous she owes to her family, friends, caregivers and the people who helped her that April day.

Melissa Bowen isn't through with surgeries and has therapy every week to help with the use of her hands. She says the pain is worth it because she kept her life.

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